Photo and Film A Day

Two friends, one blog, a year long photography adventure

I am not in town for a week, so I can’t edit my Dslr photos to post daily, but I took a collection of photos with my phone today that I wanted to share.

For the next few days I am in Cow Head, a small fishing village/tourist community on the Northern Peninsula. I didn’t grow up here, but I spent a large amount of time here as a child. Almost every summer we would spend weeks here, and I would be in absolute bliss. I had a cousin Eric I used to hang around with him and his friends. Some of my fondest childhood memories are made in this community.

The first picture was taken from my bedroom at my grandparents house, it showcases the “Head”. This jut of land is connected by an isthmus. The major fishing facilities, wharfs and boats are located over there, as this is where most people lived back in the day. Now a days I don’t think anyone lives over there year round, and the land is protected from major developments. All the old cemetery’s and stuff of that sort are located over there.

There are various hiking trails out there that I would often play on. The lighthouse in the picture was built in 1909, we used to run around and play in this as kids. It wasn’t until recently I was told in was my relatives who kept the lighthouse running and my great grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper there. Knowing this now made me appreciate it that much more today.

Past the lighthouse is “the tip of the Head”, which is the furthest point on the land you can go. One of my fondest memories is going out there as a teenager with my uncle and cousin and we slept in the rock formation featured in one of the pictures. No tent, just a blow up mattress with a sleeping bag. I vividly remember the stars, hearing the waves, and the crackles of the fire slowly burning out. Damn, life was good. Nothing over our heads to protect us, just 3 large cliff faces forming a small valley to shelter us from everything.

My first real paying job was out on the head. A bunch of us were paid 20 bucks cash each to unload the bait truck into that tiny little shack. What a time we had, stacking the bait boxes to the roof as fast as we could so we could go spend that 20 bucks on junk food and renting video games.

I could go on and on and on about the fond memories I have of Cow Head. Maybe tomorrow I will focus on the rest of Cow Head, and take some pictures of things around the community that I fondly remember.

I know it doesn’t match the theme but I really enjoyed doing this post.

-MB

Three years ago today Melissa and I adopted Bigg-E from the Humane Services Shelter on Higgins Line. He was a great dog, very happy, and a wonderful personality… and a lot of energy. At around 10 months-old he was brought to the shelter and stayed there for another 10 months before we met him.
When we arrived, they let him out of his pen, he ran towards us and peed on the wall, ran to the back of the hall and peed on the wall, and then ran to the middle of the room and took a dump. We knew he was meant for us, hahaha.
Melissa and I were pretty nervous, while we both grew up with dogs we didn’t know what to expect from a dog that was already grown up and who had a difficult past. Bigs was nervous, too. Poor guy was afraid of everything, but was very well behaved, and didn’t shit in the house. Well, not on a regular basis anyway. 
3 years later and he’s gone on road trips, hiking and camping trips, fishing trips, and boat trips. He has stolen chocolate, pork chops, steaks, caseroles, whole chickens, beef jerky, hummus, blueberries, muffins, cheezies, and lip gloss. While he isn’t really afraid of anything anymore he will still get up and leave if we’re sweeping with a broom, but I think he’s just trying to get out of doing chores. I taught him well.
While we may have rescued him from the shelter he’s given us more joy and laughs than we ever realized he could. 3 years after meeting him he still surprises us everyday with how great he is.
Happy Birthday, buddy!
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Three years ago today Melissa and I adopted Bigg-E from the Humane Services Shelter on Higgins Line. He was a great dog, very happy, and a wonderful personality… and a lot of energy. At around 10 months-old he was brought to the shelter and stayed there for another 10 months before we met him.

When we arrived, they let him out of his pen, he ran towards us and peed on the wall, ran to the back of the hall and peed on the wall, and then ran to the middle of the room and took a dump. We knew he was meant for us, hahaha.

Melissa and I were pretty nervous, while we both grew up with dogs we didn’t know what to expect from a dog that was already grown up and who had a difficult past. Bigs was nervous, too. Poor guy was afraid of everything, but was very well behaved, and didn’t shit in the house. Well, not on a regular basis anyway. 

3 years later and he’s gone on road trips, hiking and camping trips, fishing trips, and boat trips. He has stolen chocolate, pork chops, steaks, caseroles, whole chickens, beef jerky, hummus, blueberries, muffins, cheezies, and lip gloss. While he isn’t really afraid of anything anymore he will still get up and leave if we’re sweeping with a broom, but I think he’s just trying to get out of doing chores. I taught him well.

While we may have rescued him from the shelter he’s given us more joy and laughs than we ever realized he could. 3 years after meeting him he still surprises us everyday with how great he is.

Happy Birthday, buddy!

*DS

I have some friends in town today so I got the privilege of being an at-home-tourist which is one of my favourite things to do. The one thing they wanted to see was Puffins, our provincial bird, and also something I have never seen before.
We decided to head out this morning to Bay Bulls and hop on the O’Briens Whale and Bird Boat Tour and I have to say everything about the experience was excellent! We saw about a bazillion birds, including puffins, and a humpback whale. Overall I took about 500 photos and this was my favourite of a puffin touching down for a landing right next to a burrow, a hole in the ground where they live.
I know it isn’t macro, and doesn’t come close to the theme, but Dan and I have discussed if we have a great non-photo theme picture, it is better to post the good picture instead of forcing a theme picture. The project isn’t about forcing photography, but use the theme to guide us during the week. For me, the puffins guided me all day.
Next few days Dan will be posting solo so I won’t be contributing. I will still take photos and when I can I will post a batch of every day I missed. 
-MB

I have some friends in town today so I got the privilege of being an at-home-tourist which is one of my favourite things to do. The one thing they wanted to see was Puffins, our provincial bird, and also something I have never seen before.

We decided to head out this morning to Bay Bulls and hop on the O’Briens Whale and Bird Boat Tour and I have to say everything about the experience was excellent! We saw about a bazillion birds, including puffins, and a humpback whale. Overall I took about 500 photos and this was my favourite of a puffin touching down for a landing right next to a burrow, a hole in the ground where they live.

I know it isn’t macro, and doesn’t come close to the theme, but Dan and I have discussed if we have a great non-photo theme picture, it is better to post the good picture instead of forcing a theme picture. The project isn’t about forcing photography, but use the theme to guide us during the week. For me, the puffins guided me all day.

Next few days Dan will be posting solo so I won’t be contributing. I will still take photos and when I can I will post a batch of every day I missed. 

-MB

During my lunch break today I attended a rally held by Voices for Choice, a Pro-Choice group here in St. John’s. The rally was to stand in solidarity with people in New Brunswick where they just lost their only abortion clinic. There were roughly 2 dozen people in the rally, and the message was clear, “Free abortion, on demand, from BC to Newfoundland.” 
I spoke with an older woman there, she was probably in her late 60s. She was proud to see young people take on the cause of defending a woman’s right to choose. She spoke of fighting for the right to choose when she was younger and the difficulties in legalizing abortion. 
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During my lunch break today I attended a rally held by Voices for Choice, a Pro-Choice group here in St. John’s. The rally was to stand in solidarity with people in New Brunswick where they just lost their only abortion clinic. There were roughly 2 dozen people in the rally, and the message was clear, “Free abortion, on demand, from BC to Newfoundland.” 

I spoke with an older woman there, she was probably in her late 60s. She was proud to see young people take on the cause of defending a woman’s right to choose. She spoke of fighting for the right to choose when she was younger and the difficulties in legalizing abortion. 

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Macro week with the new lens. Still trying new stuff out. Here is a train from Ticket to Ride. 
-MB

Macro week with the new lens. Still trying new stuff out. Here is a train from Ticket to Ride. 

-MB

The theme this week is macro. Of course it is, Janet just gave Matt a big, beautiful macro lense for their anniversary, haha. Here’s some cracked paint from my patio that looks like Pacman. 

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The theme this week is macro. Of course it is, Janet just gave Matt a big, beautiful macro lense for their anniversary, haha. Here’s some cracked paint from my patio that looks like Pacman.

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Jesus take the wheel. Janet pointed this out to me downtown today and said this had to be my picture. I couldn’t argue with that. New theme tomorrow. It’ll be better than this one. 

-MB

Jesus take the wheel. Janet pointed this out to me downtown today and said this had to be my picture. I couldn’t argue with that. New theme tomorrow. It’ll be better than this one. 

-MB

A great big crew of us got together at Janet & Matt’s house for breakfast this morning. It was a deadly feed, and Matt’s chocolate chip nanner bread is the best. Starting from the left is Jeff, Deanne, Evan, Steph, Melissa, Mark & Simon, Matt, Janet, Matthew, Laura, Heather, Kieran, Melissa, and yours truly behind the camera.
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A great big crew of us got together at Janet & Matt’s house for breakfast this morning. It was a deadly feed, and Matt’s chocolate chip nanner bread is the best. Starting from the left is Jeff, Deanne, Evan, Steph, Melissa, Mark & Simon, Matt, Janet, Matthew, Laura, Heather, Kieran, Melissa, and yours truly behind the camera.

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Dad and his partner, Bonnie, got married today at a small ceremony at their home in CBS. Here they are posing on their lawn, it was a great day.
And like Matt, I’ve been drinking all night.
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Dad and his partner, Bonnie, got married today at a small ceremony at their home in CBS. Here they are posing on their lawn, it was a great day.

And like Matt, I’ve been drinking all night.

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I took other pictures but I’ve been drinking so all I want to do is upload a phone picture. We went to the underbelly tonight. A cool joint. Also, non theme. 

-MB

I took other pictures but I’ve been drinking so all I want to do is upload a phone picture. We went to the underbelly tonight. A cool joint. Also, non theme.

-MB

This is the Mosque on Logy Bay Road. It is a beautiful building in the East End. I would have liked to get inside for pics but was in a mad rush as we had a billion things to do today.
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This is the Mosque on Logy Bay Road. It is a beautiful building in the East End. I would have liked to get inside for pics but was in a mad rush as we had a billion things to do today.

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Spirituality is a weird week. It is such a broad thing, and so personal to every individual. Automatically people think of religion and stuff like that, or meditation or anything within that spectrum. When looking up a definition it can be defined as “a process of personal transformation in accordance with religious ideals. It may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience, but without a single, widely-agreed definition”.
Enough with the ramble. I went to an indoor firing range today and it was absolute bliss. I’ve always wanted to fire a pistol, as I watch a lot of movies and play a lot of video games. When I found out this was in town I knew it was something I wanted to try. Overall the experience was great, very humbling in a sense that I had an enormous amount of power and responsibility at my fingertips. I will go back again.
-MB

Spirituality is a weird week. It is such a broad thing, and so personal to every individual. Automatically people think of religion and stuff like that, or meditation or anything within that spectrum. When looking up a definition it can be defined as “a process of personal transformation in accordance with religious ideals. It may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience, but without a single, widely-agreed definition”.

Enough with the ramble. I went to an indoor firing range today and it was absolute bliss. I’ve always wanted to fire a pistol, as I watch a lot of movies and play a lot of video games. When I found out this was in town I knew it was something I wanted to try. Overall the experience was great, very humbling in a sense that I had an enormous amount of power and responsibility at my fingertips. I will go back again.

-MB

We attended a march tonight in support of peace in Gaza. Easily 300 people were in attendance, the crowd stretched back out of frame quite a ways. People were very passionately pleading for peace and for the occupation by Israel to end. And, with over 300 people marching down Water then up Duckworth, there were no traditional media outlets present, which is ridiculous and unacceptable.
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We attended a march tonight in support of peace in Gaza. Easily 300 people were in attendance, the crowd stretched back out of frame quite a ways. People were very passionately pleading for peace and for the occupation by Israel to end. And, with over 300 people marching down Water then up Duckworth, there were no traditional media outlets present, which is ridiculous and unacceptable.

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Pottery robots are very zen. I think.

-MB

Pottery robots are very zen. I think.

-MB

So what does a towel bar (is that what it’s called?) have to do with spirituality? I took a religious studies course once called Psychology and Zen Buddhism. Throughout the course we examined various forms of traditional and non-traditional meditation. For example, that winter I used snowboarding as my meditation, shutting everything out and just focusing on the moment. It was great. 

But what about this pic? I screwed this into the wall tonight and had to focus on the moment and channel my inner happiness not to rip the fucking thing out of the wall, haha.

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So what does a towel bar (is that what it’s called?) have to do with spirituality? I took a religious studies course once called Psychology and Zen Buddhism. Throughout the course we examined various forms of traditional and non-traditional meditation. For example, that winter I used snowboarding as my meditation, shutting everything out and just focusing on the moment. It was great.

But what about this pic? I screwed this into the wall tonight and had to focus on the moment and channel my inner happiness not to rip the fucking thing out of the wall, haha.

*DS